TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan will address the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue scheduled for next Tuesday (April 16) in Taipei, announced Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday (April 12).
Paul Ryan will attend the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue, which will focus on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and Taiwan-U.S. partnership over the past four decades. He will deliver a keynote address following remarks from Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Brent Christensen, and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), said AIT on Friday.
The number of the U.S. congressmen taking part in the forum this year is the largest since its inception in 2011, showing the high regard of the U.S. Congress for the TRA and Taiwan-U.S. relations, said MOFA.
Paul Ryan will lead a U.S. delegation consisting of current and former U.S. lawmakers and administration officials to attend a banquet hosted by AIT next Monday (April 15) in commemoration of TRA's 40th anniversary. The delegation will also participate in a number of events held throughout week, said AIT earlier via a press statement.
Four panel discussions are scheduled for Tuesday’s forum, covering such topics as supporting democratic Taiwan, strengthening Taiwan-U.S. security and economic ties, and promoting shared values in the Indo-Pacific region.
There will also be a session where the U.S. legislators, namely Hank Johnson, Don Bacon, and Salud Carbajal, will exchange ideas with their Taiwanese counterparts, including Wang Ding-yu (王定宇), Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), and Freddy Lim (林昶佐), according to MOFA.
The 2019 forum is organized by the Prospect Foundation and Hudson Institute for MOFA and AIT.